Contents of the README.TXT file
Magic Desk v3.01 - a Windows-style
graphical menu for DOS. Uses standard
Windows icons to represent your programs.
All the power you expect, but so simple
and safe, even young children can use it.=====================
This file contains information that updates, clarifies, or
emphasizes information found in the User's Guide (GUIDE.TXT).
Please see the User's Guide for complete details on using Magic
INSTALLING MAGIC DESK: Magic Desk is distributed in a compressed
format and cannot be run directly as is. You must first install
it on your hard drive. To install it:
1. When you see the C> prompt (or a similar prompt that
identifies your hard drive), insert the program disk in disk drive
A (or B).
2. Type A:INSTALL (or B:INSTALL) and press the ENTER key.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
(Magic Desk may also be installed from your hard drive if you have
already copied the compressed files onto your hard drive.)
STARTING MAGIC DESK: After installation, the command to start
Magic Desk is MAGIC. This runs the MAGIC.BAT file that kicks
things off. Do not start the program with the MDMAIN command.
Running MDMAIN.EXE directly will appear to work fine until you try
to launch a program from Magic Desk. At that point, the program
will simply terminate and leave you at the DOS prompt.
USING MICROSOFT WINDOWS ICONS: To use a Windows icon in Magic
Desk you must first read it into Painter, the icon editor built
into Magic Desk. After reading the icon and making any desired
changes to it, write it back to disk without the ICO extension.
Magic Desk will create a new icon file with an ICN extension, then
you can use it. NOTE: Magic Desk includes 30 sample icons that
have a ICN extension. These are already in Magic Desk format and
do not need to be imported through Painter. The registered
version of Magic Desk includes a collection of 400 Windows icons,
as well as a utility that will convert all the Windows icons in a
specified directory to Magic Desk format in a single pass.
RUNNING BATCH FILES: If you are running a batch file (a file with
a BAT extension) from Magic Desk, be sure you have set the Batch
File button for that program to YES. If the Batch File button is
set to NO, Magic Desk will not reappear after the batch file is
REARRANGING ICON BUTTONS: You can change the arrangement of the
icon buttons on the screen by dragging them around with the mouse
or keyboard. See the User's Guide for details. After you've put
the buttons fairly close to the position, you can press ALT+A to
have Magic Desk line them up neatly in the new order.
RUNNING DOS 6.0 MEMMAKER: If you have commands in your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file to automatically run Magic Desk when you turn on
your system (as described in the User's Guide), you may need to
temporarily remove the commands while running the MEMMAKER program
included with DOS 6.0.
SEE UTILITY: This disk includes the SEE file viewing program. It
is a very useful utility for viewing and printing text files (such
as this README.TXT file). The SEE program was created by Pinnacle
Software and is used by permission. For more information about
Pinnacle Software, please see the text file AMAZE.TXT.